It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be is about the best I can say. When moderator Brian Williams posed a question to Rick Perry about whether he had any trouble sleeping at night knowing that Texas has executed 234 people, more than any other, during his tenure, at the point at which Williams said “executed 234 people”, the audience broke out into wild applause. Enough said about the people who will choose the Republican nominee.
Mitt Romney did pretty well but I still don’t see him as becoming the nominee – the Republican electorate just doesn’t trust him. Rick Perry benefits greatly from sharing the stage with Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich because they’re all so radical, they dilute his extremism. That was evident when he repeatedly called social security a “Ponzi scheme” and danced around questions about why Texas has the lowest percentage of people covered by health insurance in the country and the lowest rate of high school graduates in the country.
Huntsman strikes me as the kid who sneaks around spreading nasty rumors about his classmates but when confronted, is too much of a wimp to say it to their faces. He’s a nonentity. Bachmann’s toast which even she believes based on her performance tonight. Cain, Paul, Santorum and Gingrich are all in this to sell books and land paying gigs on Fox. That leaves Romney v Perry.